In early fall, the Department of Education and the Boyer Center co-host a reception honoring the winners of the Ethel Brandt Bigham Endowed Education Award, the Ernest L. Boyer Sr. Teaching Scholarship, the Terry L. Stoudnour Endowed Education Award, and the Suzanne Joy Johnson Endowed Scholarship. Details about these scholarships can be found on our Scholarship page.
Fall Educational Research Forum
The Fall Educational Research Forum highlights the research interests of one of our faculty members or alumni. The research forum is open to the public, and frequently, local school officials will be invited to join us for the discussion.
This past October, Dr. Jennifer Fisler presented on "Assessing Diversity in Christian Higher Education: Crowdsourcing a Research Project."
Rather than delivering a presentation on a finished project and its findings, Dr. Fisler presented a work in its infancy and invited the audience to contribute their ideas to advance the project. In this way, the research forum provided the opportunity for audience members to be active participants in the formulation of a research question and methods to study diversity-related understandings and outcome in Christian higher education contexts.
Past forums have included:
Spring Educational Research Forum
The Spring Educational Research Forum typically features a guest lecture on a topic relevant to education. Speakers have included:
Farewell and Commissioning Service
Every spring the Department of Education holds a Farewell and Commissioning Service for its graduating seniors. Come for an inspiring evening as we celebrate God’s goodness and challenge this year’s Department of Education graduates to lead lives of purpose as they depart Messiah.
This year's event will occur May 7, 2014, 7 p.m. in Hostetter Chapel.
Department of Education alumni, students, their friends and family and cooperating teachers are invited to attend. The service includes scripture reading, prayer, a brief meditation usually given by a Department graduate, musical performances by local school groups, a commissioning litany, and the presentation of lapel pins to the graduates. The lapel pin challenges and reminds graduates to continue to learn, serve, and care through their work as teachers. A reception and time of fellowship follows the service.